Quantcast

Couple Finds Odd Rock On The Beach - Don’t Realize How Much It’s Worth

Gary and Angela Williams hit the jackpot and they weren’t even playing the lottery!

The UK couple were lucky enough to spot some ambergris – sperm whale vomit — while strolling along a beach on Morecambe Bay, Lancashire.

The waxy lump of ambergris they found weighed in at 3.4 lbs. Keep in mind that a lump of ambergris found nearby in 2013 sold for close to $175,000.

Sperm whale vomit is highly desired because it develops a sweet, earthy scent over time and is used in making high-end perfumes.

Scientists say ambergris is actually hardened intestinal slurry from a sperm whale. A large chunk may take years to form inside a whale, which is why it is so rare.

Friends point out Gary and Angela are now negotiating with potential buyers over of the piece, which is slightly smaller than a rugby ball. Experts say the price for ambergris can vary notably based on the scent.

“It was a bit of a shock. It was down a section of the beach where no-one really walks,” Gary noted.

“It smells too bad though. It’s a very distinctive smell, like a cross between squid and farmyard manure,” he went on. “It feels like a rock hard rubber ball. Its texture is like wax, like a candle.
When you touch it you get wax sticking to your fingers.”

Gary concluded: “If it is worth a lot of money it will go a long way towards buying us a static caravan, it would be a dream come true.”

Of note, it’s illegal to use ambergris in perfumes in the United States because of the sperm whale's status as an endangered animal.

Source: Metro
Photo: SWNS

Tell Us What You Think

More Fab Stories

One of the most powerful social campaigns in contemporary America is the push to end discriminating attitudes against women, whether it’s at...

Despite the best of intentions, people are rarely able to check off many things from their bucket list. Balancing work, studies and family often...

Graduation ceremonies are normally a time of reflection and joy, but as we’ve come to realize in all kinds of recent situations, all bets are off...

Calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump have been ringing out since the moment he took office, but those calls are growing louder by...

The TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting" was quite a hit during its time on the air. The show chronicled the exploits of Arkansas parents Jim...

Latest Fab Stories

If you’ve spent several years living in your hometown, there's a good chance that you’ve become widely known amongst the town’s residents. Being...

Female Democratic lawmakers have sent a letter officially requesting a meeting with Ivanka Trump sometime in the next few weeks to discuss women's...

For many years, American universities have been accused of fostering a violent, discriminating culture. After numerous accounts of extreme ‘hazing...

Since the controversial election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America, Mr. Trump’s family have been put under the...

Although you wouldn’t think that things could get much worse after a historically bad first 100 days in office, the Trump administration has...